Last Updated on June 21, 2019 by Dyimond Anderson
As I write this post, I find myself surprisingly in the same state as before I left – slightly emotionless and somehow excited but also a bit sad. I don’t know if these mixed feelings are because my brain is still recovering from finals or if this is just what a study abroad experience coming to an end feels like.
That part doesn’t matter so much though. What matters is that I, and so many other students, have reached a point at which we can say, “We did it!” We actually spent an entire semester away from loved ones and comfort zones and studied in another country! I still remember when it was just a desire that I had, but now, for it to be a memory, is absolutely mind blowing.
This semester has given me so much. I have visited five other countries while studying abroad in Granada, I have met people from hundreds of places, formed bonds with some of the most incredible people, lived with the kindest host family, broadened my perspective, learned to understand others and differences better, learned to understand myself better, and I also managed to improve a great deal on my Spanish speaking. But even as I write this and try to explain, something feels a bit off and surreal. I feel stuck, because no matter what I write or tell you, it will never do this experience justice.
Much like the incredible pictures I have taken during this time—there’s no way to capture the essence or the beauty of all that was really on the other side of the camera lens—I realize that this is not the most complete of explanations about how studying abroad has been. I’ll try again once this stops feeling like a dream.
In the meantime, my advice is not to just sit with these words. Go travel abroad. I have found things that no one will ever be ever to take away from me.
I am taking home with me more than souvenirs and gifts and possessions that I did not have before. In addition to these things, I am taking home more hope than I left with, more peace, more joy, more awareness and consciousness, more gratitude, and more sincerity. These are the gifts that I have received from my beautiful home of three months, Granada, Spain. Thank you to everyone who had any part whatsoever in getting me here. I cannot explain what you have done for my life.
This post was contributed by Dyimond Anderson, who spent her fall semester studying abroad with AIFS in Granada, Spain.
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